Many women with PCOS are resistant to insulin, and this is especially true in cases of women who are overweight or obese, have unhealthy eating habits, live sedentary lifestyles, or have a family history of diabetes. Insulin resistance describes a hormonal state in which your body is less able to send the proper amount of glucose to the cells. In turn, the pancreas produces more insulin to stabilize glucose levels. The extra insulin in your body causes several negative effects on the body, including the ovaries, leading to higher levels of male hormones.
Articles in this section
- What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?
- What are Some Common Symptoms of PCOS?
- What causes PCOS?
- What is the link between PCOS and insulin resistance?
- What is the association between PCOS and obesity?
- How do I know if I have PCOS?
- Do I need to get an ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis of PCOS?
- What are the potential long-term effects caused by PCOS?
- Can I still get pregnant with PCOS?
- Does a cure exist for PCOS?